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Dodge pushing the Boundaries of it’s V8 Hemi Engine-1,000hp Mark Met

Written by Gus Wilson

Dodge is an American car maker that has been around since 1900 making and supplying parts for automakers in Detroit. They mostly made full-size passenger cars and trucks through the ’70s but they made some compact cars along with some mid-size cars. One car in that full-size range is the Dodge Challenger muscle car which was first sold in 1970, the car came with two variations of the Slant

1970 Dodge Challenger T/A

(straight) six-cylinder Chrysler engine or it was available with six different options for a V8 and with the top tear engine choice being the 426ci V8 Hemi engine making around 425hp which means it makes almost 1hp per 1 cubic inch making the engine a force to be reckoned with on the street and on the NASCAR tracks. The engine didn’t last very long since in 1972 Dodge took the engine off the list of options and car didn’t make it for too long with production ending in April 1974.

Skip ahead to 2015, the Challenger has a big upgrade from the Dodge’s performance department, Street Racing Technology or SRT. The car got a relatively brand new 6.2L Hemi V8 with a 2.4L supercharger plopped on top, along with a fair amount of other upgrades to the internals making it produce an insane 707hp. 2017 brought wonderful news from Dodge because they started selling the same 6.2L “Hellcat” (yes it is called that) V8 as a crate engine that you can buy to swap into a Mazda Miata, Jeep Wrangler, 1969 Dodge Charger or a Toyota Prius. SEMA 2018, Dodge brought a more steroid injected version of the 6.2 supercharged Hemi V8 which is called the Hellephant and with all of the upgrades done to it makes 1,000hp along 950ft-lbs of torque. This engine is the most powerful OEM produced crate engine available to the public after the Chevy LT5 V8 used in the 2019 ZR1 Corvette. The engine is retailing at nearly $30k which is $10,000 more than the Hellplant 707hp engine from the Hellcat Challenger and Charger models. The kit comes with almost everything needed to swap that motor into a vehicle and make it extremely fast. Who knows maybe the engine will end up in some car slightly modified for production.

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Gus Wilson

Reporter and writer for the Gus car's section. I am an aspiring mechanical engineer and automotive journalist that really likes cars. This is the first car or truck oriented section of which I am happy to say that this is being written by a car fan for the community.